We at HEB Magazine do our best to let the world know exactly what our islands have to offer, and where exactly to find what you're interested in.  HEB is printed once a year and thousands of copies are distributed across the Islands.

And the on-line edition - below! - is updated throughout the year with new reports, photographs and information from all across the Islands.

So, just click the download button, or go to our page-turning version, and enjoy learning about the beautiful Scottish Hebrides, and, if you aren’t here already, make sure to plan a visit sometime soon!

 

West Harris Trust launches campervan hookups

Tourists with campervans can now enjoy the luxury of electricity as the West Harris Trust provides four brand new hook-ups beside the stunning Seilebost Beach.
And included in the £18 per night (inc VAT) fee is use of litter bins and fresh water.
Situated at the Trust’s base at the former Seilebost School, the hook-ups are already proving to be a real hit with happy campers.
Lisa Macdonald is a Development Officer at the West Harris Trust, and the hook-up scheme was her first major project since moving to Harris last year.
She said: “We have installed four campervan hook-ups for use between April and September.  These will be manned Monday to Friday by ourselves during the daytime, but we also have an out-of-hours caretaker.”
The new hook-ups come with four special pitches, and are securely fastened on two posts.  “All motorhomes have their own cables,” said Lisa.
“It’s just a case of turning up and plugging in.”   Although planning permission restrictions means that the Trust cannot offer toilet or shower facilities, Lisa says that campers are directed to Horgabost, where such amenities are available.
For the future, the Trust hopes to establish another three hook-ups at its new enterprise centre in Horgabost. “Only a few places have hook-ups in Harris, but none are on the west side,” said Lisa.
“Our hook-ups are right beside the beach. It’s a perfect spot for getting onto Seilebost beach, and it’s an ideal place to base yourself if you want to see the whole island, as you are right between Tarbert and Leverburgh.”
To book a hookup, visit www.westharristrust.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 01859 550 457. 
Lisa added: “The hook-ups have been very popular.  A lot of people have found us online, on Facebook and on www.ukcampsite.co.uk.
“On our first day we had a motorhome who had heard about us from someone in Scarista, so word of mouth has been very useful too.”

Fine coffee takes to the streets!

Coffee-lovers in Stornoway are in for a real lip-licking treat as a new mobile street café opens up to the public.

This unique pop-up café is the street-food arm of Moray Weir and Becca Engebretsen’s new business Titchy Pitch, a mobile catering and events management company.

Having successfully launched the islands’ first cocktail bar in February 2013, they decided to make their services more mobile.

With a gap in the local market for an artisan coffee shop, Titchy Pitch was born.

Moray and Becca travelled down to southern England recently to take delivery of the pod, and while there they met up with a specialist coffee provider, striking a deal which ensures that they will serve only the very finest coffee to their customers.  To complete the package, they bought a small eco-friendly Fiat for towing and delivery purposes, in the same distinctive mint green shade as their pod.  The pod will be predominantly based in the parking area beside ERA nightclub.

Becca said: “We are providing a service that doesn’t currently exist, so that we are not in competition with anyone else. There would be no point in duplicating a service that is already in existence, rather we are presenting an alternative option for lovers of food and coffee.

“All our coffee is the very best artisan coffee available, and we will have a range of bagels, focaccias, croissants and rustic rolls with a variety of delicious fillings, all of which will be as locally-sourced as it can be.”

Browsing the coffee menu, it’s easy to see why Titchy Pitch will be so alluring to aficionados.   The beans are supplied by the 918 Coffee Company, artisan roasters of coffee from across the globe.

“We are selling a lifestyle that we want people to embrace,” said Becca.  “It’s not just a cup of coffee.”

With this in mind, the pod will serve up single origin coffees from Tanzania, Brazil, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Java and Italy.

Like the set of a Hollywood movie, in just 15 minutes the coffee shop can be transformed into a cocktail bar for hire.

The pod is ideal for weddings and parties, with Moray and Becca having already  taken bookings for the near future.

The pod is interchangeable, its versatility is such it can also be made into a seafood bar, ice cream shop, or DJ booth.

The first of a planned fleet,  you will soon be able to book multiple pods to cater for your various needs at your event.

“You name it, we can do it!” vows Becca.

In keeping with the eco-conscious ethos of their suppliers, Titchy Pitch will be extremely environmentally friendly.

All cups and cutlery are biodegradable, and the coffee-machine deposits will be made available for compost.

The new venture has already created employment for five people, and they too, are an important part of the aesthetics.   Becca explained: “Our uniforms are in the style of the 1950’s because that fits in well with the theme of the pod, and of the whole business

“The 1950’s were synonymous with quality of service, and that’s what we are aiming for too.”  Titchy Pitch, with its 50’s staff, vintage colours and traditional quality of produce and service will be an attractive addition to any event.  By late August, Moray and Becca hope to be able to start a delivery takeaway service, bringing coffee and snacks to the population of Stornowa

“You won’t have to leave your office or house,” said Moray.  “Just tell us what you want and we’ll take it right to you.”

 

HEB Magazine - serving the Outer Hebrides

With breathtaking beaches, bright blue seas, a range of dramatic landscapes, a culture rich in music and dance, and myriad places to enjoy delicious food and drink, visiting the Outer Hebrides makes the bucket lists of people around the world. 

We at HEB Magazine do our best to let the world know exactly what our islands have to offer, and where exactly to find what you're interested in.  HEB is printed once a year and thousands of copies are distributed across the Islands.

And the on-line edition - right here! - is updated throughout the year with new reports, photographs and information from all across the Islands.

This year's HEB includes information on some of the many outdoor activities in which you can partake on the islands, tales of the thriving Harris Tweed industry, as well as updates on the other fantastic producers we have between the Butt of Lewis and the most southerly shores of Vatersay. 

So, just click the download button, or go to our page-turning version, and enjoy learning about the beautiful Scottish Hebrides, and, if you aren’t here already, make sure to plan a visit sometime soon!